In the last couple of days some campus computer users have experienced an issue with their computer randomly rebooting without warning. TSS believes the problems are likely related to recently released Microsoft updates that are not properly installing. The impacted machines appear to work normal once the reboot has occurred and Windows is re-started or a tech administrator logs in and prompts the updates to install properly.
If you experience any problems, please contact
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Apple unveiled an overhauled iOS platform at its annual developers conference Monday with a sweeping upgrade designed to show that the company remains at the forefront of innovative technology. Among the new features: redesigned applications, photo-sharing software, a "control center" swipe menu, and an activation lock aimed at curbing phone thefts. Source: CompTIA SmartBrief
“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another."
-- William James, American psychologist & philosopher
Monday, June 10, 2013
Closing or minimizing your browser or typing in a new web address when you're done using your online account may not be enough to prevent others from gaining access to your account information. Instead, click on the "log out" button to close your account and terminate your online session, and then close (X out of) your browser. In addition, don't permit your browser to "remember" your username and password information. If this browser feature is active, anyone using your computer will have access to your personal account information. Source: SANS Institute & OnGuardOnline.gov
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Wireless (Wi-Fi) devices based on the new, so-called "Gigabit Wi-Fi" standard, IEEE 802.11ac, are set to hit the market soon. The new technology is being pushed by the desire for more wireless products and mobility and the pronounced bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement. A variety of products that are equipped with early versions of 802.11ac technology are already being introduced - from wireless access points, digital TVs, & routers, to the new Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Computer security analysts are seeing a surge in malware designed to target social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, with incidences tied to a single bug -- known as "Koobface" -- up 200% in the first quarter of 2013. According to a report from McAfee, during this time frame the number of identified malware samples rose by more than 25% as hackers increasingly turn to social sites to intercept personal data for use in cyber espionage schemes. Source: CompTIA SmartBrief, Computing (U.K.) (6/3), ComputerWeekly.com (U.K.) (6/3)
Friday, May 31, 2013
When a major news event happens, cyber criminals send email with a subject line related to the event and include an attachment that is malware to infect your computer and make it part of a botnet for sending SPAM and conducting other illegal activities. You can see examples of these catchy subject lines at http://www.flickr.com/photos/panda_security/with/3256919391/ Source: SANS Institute
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
While there is a lot of legitimate and good-quality, free software out there (ex. Adobe Reader, Google SketchUp, Mozilla Firefox, etc) there is also a lot of free software you don’t want to touch with a ten foot pole. Free downloads are notorious for containing spyware and malware. Download free software only from sites you know and trust! Resist the impulsive temptation for the freebie, or the decision could end costing you big.